Seasons end abruptly for Blue Darters, Mustangs

The Timber Creek Wolves rallied from a 39-27 deficit with two touchdown passes in the final six minutes, and two intercepted passes in the last three minutes to shock the undefeated Apopka Blue Darters 40-39 at Roger Williams Field. While across the county, the Wekiva Mustangs  also lost to the Winter Park Wildcats 30-21. The losses end the season for both Apopka schools abruptly and in stunning fashion.

The Blue Darters got off to a rocky start when the Wolves recovered an onside kick to start the game, and two plays later senior quarterback Brandon Garcia hit Cameron Meehan on a 57-yard-touchdown pass. After an Anthony Pulido extra point, the Wolves led 7-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, Pulido chipped another short kick over the Apopka line, which fell short and was fumbled by Apopka and recovered by Timber Creek at the Apopka 40-yard-line. Seven plays and three minutes later, senior running Peter Hayes-Patrick scored on a two-yard touchdown run. The kick made it 14-0.

Apopka rallied behind senior quarterback Demetri Burch’s two touchdown passes and three touchdown runs and led 39-27 late into the fourth quarter.

However Garcia rallied the Wolves with two touchdown passes of his own – a 63-yarder to Meehan with 5:32 left in the fourth quarter, and a 23-yarder to Meehan again with 2:21 remaining to take the lead 40-39.

Apopka had two chances to rally, but interceptions by Burch ended both drives – the final one only 23 yards from the end zone.

The stunning loss ends a fairytale season for Apopka, which had come-from-behind victories over Dr. Phillips and Wekiva to preserve a perfect 9-0 regular season. They finish the year at 9-1.

The Wekiva Mustangs were also shocked after blasting Winter Park 35-7 in the regular season, only to lose in the playoff rematch 30-21. Their season ends with a 7-4 record, their first time in the class 8A post season.

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Just one sorry little point. That is bad. They gave their all though, and it was so close! They had been off for what? three weeks? I’m am still proud to be a Darter!

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